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Strikingly Review

The best website builder for one page websites.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions. Last Updated Nov 24 2017

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User Experience

Strikingly is the best website builder for one page websites. If you’re not familiar with one page websites, they are long websites where clicking the navigation scrolls you up and down the page.

Right: One page websites have become popular in the last couple years— they typically have clear, simple information sections and large photos.

Most website builders aren’t well-suited to create one page websites. Some, like Wix, allow you to build one-page websites but it’s confusing. Strikingly is different. It uses an intuitive “sections” editor that really works well for one-page websites. (Strikingly can build multiple page websites if you upgrade to the highest plan— but you’ll get the most out of it if you build a one page website.)

Right: Navigating between sections in the editor.

Each page is made up of sections. Sections are blocks of content that stack up on the page that you can navigate between. Creating sections is easy and intuitive. You’ll get the hang of it quickly. Here’s an example of the Hero section:

A ‘Hero’ section.

Right: A ‘Hero’ section.

While Strikingly includes a good amount of pre-built sections, you can also make your own section. You can add columns, headings, videos, features, images and more— basically anything you want. One frustrating thing: 'make your own' sections require you to have a header and subheader— why?

Right: Unfortunately you can’t remove the header and subheader.

Strikingly has built a comfortable niche in the website builder world: it’s the best way to build a one page website. It’s section-editor is uniquely suited for that and it works well.

One minor quibble: The Strikingly editor feels a bit out of date. It works well— but stylistically it’s a bit stale.

Right: One minor quibble: The Strikingly editor feels a bit out of date. It works well— but stylistically it’s a bit stale.

Features

  • Blog

    You can add a blog section that lists posts and links to individual pages. The style of the individual pages is not tied into your template— instead the individual blog posts have their own separate style that doesn't necessarily tie into your template. It's not a conventional way to organize a blog— so that might bother some users. Most of the necessary features are included: you can add comments to your blog, integrate with Disqus, create drafts etc. (Though you can't set posts to publish on a future date.)  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    Simple ecommerce— you can set product variations, categories, set shipping options and create coupon codes. There is no digital products or tax system. You can't checkout with multiple items, but because Strikingly is for one-page websites, it's not like you're going to be hosting a large catalogue. You can preview the email notifications your customers receive but you can't customize them in any way.  Show Screenshot

  • Form Builder

    There is a contact form you can drop into your website but it doesn't allow you to add new fields— you can simply choose from Name, Email, Phone and Message. Submissions are sent to your email address and also saved within Strikingly so you can always access it later.  

  • iOS & Android Apps

    Excellent, fully functional iOS and Android apps let you edit your website, manage ecommerce orders, view analytics and more.  

  • Retina Ready

    You can upload images that display sharp and crisp on retina devices (such as iPhones and Macbooks) but some of images Strikingly provides do not (example: a "Download on the App Store" button).  

  • Newsletter

    There is a newsletter signup form but it doesn't integrate with any mailing list providers (such as Mailchimp). Instead it just sends the form results to your email address (which will make for painful data entry). There is a Mailchimp widget in the app store— but it's essentially just a textbox to copy and paste your Mailchimp form (so no stylistic integration with the theme). Show Screenshot

  • Membership System

    No.  

  • Design from Scratch

    No.  

  • Multi-lingual

    No.  

  • Restaurant Menu

    No.  

  • Donations

    No.  

  • Audio Player

    No.  

  • Podcasts

    No.  

Themes

Strikingly offers 25 themes to choose from— up from 13 a year ago, which is good to see. Themes are contemporary and skew towards startups and freelancers.

Right: Theme Example

I really like the concept of one page websites. They make a great fit if you are disciplined about what goes on the website. Here’s another example theme:

Right: Theme Example

There is serious lack of theme customization. You can only set one custom color for the website (if you upgrade to Pro) but you can’t customize font colors, font sizes, border colors, background images etc.

There is a serious lack of theme customization.

Right: There is a serious lack of theme customization.

All themes are responsive and seemed to work well on mobile devices— although I had trouble getting my logo to display right on mobile.

Mobile

Right: Mobile

Good Billing Practices

I was able to buy and cancel Strikingly with ease.


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By Steve Benjamins

I'm the writer, designer and developer for Site Builder Report and over the last four years I’ve written over 100 in-depth reviews of website builders. Today over 60,000 people every month use Site Builder Report to choose a website builder.


Review History

  • Mar 14 2016 New review published.
  • Oct 26 2016 Review checked for accuracy and updated.
  • Aug 3 2017 Review checked for accuracy and updated.
  • Nov 24 2017 New review published.

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